APPT9 Aussie Millions Day 2: The true grind begins
Today is when the true grind begins.
All the nerves and anticipation of playing Day 1 of the Aussie Millions Main event has dissipated.
Now it's down to business.
This Day 2 is kind of like Wednesday in a long working week - 'hump day' if you will.
There are 342 players returning to the felt and possibly a few late entrants and after a long, arduous day at the tables they will all still have nothing to show for their time.
No money secured, no glory story.
But perhaps that makes Day 2 even more important.
This is the day that players can really set themselves up for the coming days.
Some of the players who will be hoping to continue their stellar Day 1 flights include 1a leader Jan Suchanek, 1b leader Ian Wassell and 1c leader AJ Antonios.
Of those three, it's Wassell who starts as the king of the castle with 229,500.
Like many players in Australia, Wassell's poker story begins in the regional pub and club leagues where poker is all about fun and comradery.
This is the big leagues, however, so it's a different game all together.
Wassell will simply need to keep a cool head and continue doing whatever he did on Day 1.
It's no surprise that there are too many big names of poker to mention. After all, this is the Aussie Millions, a prestigious event that attracts some of the biggest names in the world.
I will give it go though: Dan Cates, Phil Ivey, Joe Hachem, Dan Smith, Jeff Lisandro, Brian Rast, Gary Benson, Scott Davies, Grant Levy, Mike McDonald, Mike Watson, Dani Stern, Philipp Gruissem, Erik Seidel, Patrik Antonius.
The list goes on.
And this isn't to mention the Team PokerStars Pros who are in contention such as Bryan Huang, Aditya Agarwal and Kosei Ichinose.
These three are stars of the Asian poker world and will skyrocket to superstardom if they can win a massive title such as the Aussie Millions Main Event.
Oh, and the reigning champ, Ami Barer also so happens to have a top ten chip stack.
He's been here before, he knows what it takes. He's going to be very dangerous.
The plan on Day 2 is to play five 90-minute levels, no dinner break and then for everyone to enjoy the festivities of the Aussie Millions 'Welcome Party'.
Until then, right here at the PokerStarsBlog on the APPT9 Aussie Millions page will be the best place to find out everything you need to know about Day 2 of the Main Event!